Two Democrats with firsthand knowledge of Mr. Donnelly’s plans told the Associated Press that the congressman is entering the race because he believes Mr. Lugar will lose a Republican primary, offering him a path to the Senate. Mr. Lugar is facing a strong challenge from his right in state Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
The Democrats spoke on the condition of anonymity because they did not want to pre-empt Monday’s announcement.
By entering the race, Mr. Donnelly — who also weighed a run for governor — gives national Democrats a recruiting victory. No other Democrats have entered the race. Mr. Donnelly’s supporters believe he can clear the Democratic primary field.
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